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Sunday, February 16 • 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Undoing the 'Un': Former Ultra-Orthodox Jews Reclaiming Culture

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Individuals who leave ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities often face tremendous stereotypes, whether feeling "un"Orthodox or being labeled lazy, undisciplined, or "at- risk." Those who leave face a romanticization of their community of origin, or its vilification. Our panel will introduce individuals who are working to counter these narratives by creating cultural capital, utilizing artistic channels to say something very new about individuality, Jewish community and Jewish culture.


Eli Reiter

Eli Reiter is a two-time winning Moth StorySlam storyteller living in New York. He is also the host and producer of Long Story Long, a monthly storytelling show near Times Square. An undergraduate student at Hunter College, Eli teachers underprivileged youth the art of storytelling, and his writing has appeared in Gothamist.

Lani Santo

Lani Santo has served as Executive Director of Footsteps since August 2010. Lani has dedicated her career to social justice, community building, and supporting individuals through transformative experiences within the Jewish community and beyond. Prior to joining Footsteps, Lani served as a Senior Program Officer at American Jewish World Service (AJWS). She graduated from Barnard College in 2002 and earned an MPA from NYU's Wagner School for... Read More →

Leah Vincent

Leah Vincent is a writer and activist. The first person in her family to go to college, she went on to earn a master’s in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. In addition to writing for various publications, she is an advocate for reform within ultra-Orthodoxy and for the empowerment of former ultra-Orthodox Jews seeking a self-determined life. Her memoir, published by Nan A. Talese/Doubleday in January 2014, is titled Cut Me... Read More →

Frieda Vizel

Frieda Vizel researches Hasidic women's history as a graduate student at Sarah Lawrence College where she is also pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing. Frieda brings the insight of an insider and the objectivity of an educator to her research and essays that explore Hasidic history and contemporary culture. She is also a sightseeing guide for educational walking tours of Hasidic Williamsburg. Frieda lives with her son Seth in Rockland County... Read More →

Sunday February 16, 2014 1:45pm - 3:00pm
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